There are very few films that keep me on the edge of my seat and unable to guess what happens next. Baby Driver is one of them.
Ansel Elgort plays Baby, a young talented getaway driver who uses his playlists to get in the zone. Baby is clearly disenchanted with his job but after meeting sweet diner waitress, Deborah, Baby is driven to desire his escape for a new life with a clean slate. Whether he does or not however is something else entirely.
Sweet, funny, moving and thrilling in all the right places, I really do believe this is the best Edgar Wright film that he has done to date. The music in the film is threaded into the script. In fact, Edgar Wright wrote and directed the script with the songs already in mind, so it’s no surprise that the music and scenes mesh together beautifully. When the action sequences would happen, they happened to the beat. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before! The idea and execution is actually genius.
Although the cast is very small, it never feels small because the acting is superb. Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, and Lily James all have their talents utilised efficiently. Every character has a purpose and great character development that flows naturally as the story progresses. The story has a consistent build and escalates at the exact right time. Not to mention the cinematography, car chase scenes, stunts and script are flawless and impressive as hell.
I laughed, I cried, I went through a roller coaster of emotions with Baby Driver and left thinking that nobody really makes films like this anymore – original, clever and epic. I even tweeted Edgar Wright straight after to compliment him on how much I loved the movie. And although Baby Driver was a thrilling, intense and anxiety-inducing ride, I can’t wait to go again.